Monday I ran down the seawall all the way to the Navel Kadena flower shop and back. It took me 50 minutes to run down, 30 minutes to meander through the beautiful flowers at the shop and 45 minutes to run back. I had a peaceful morning.
The seawall is, as it always is, broad and flat which makes running easy. The weather was cool with a lazy breeze blowing. There were clouds floating around, keeping the bright sunshine in check.
Wasn’t the sun shining through the clouds in an odd way? The clouds were almost glowing with light. Very odd, I thought.
The only real waves today were small ones rushing over a nearby coral reef. If it were low tide you’d be able to see the coral from here. But it’s high tide right now.
In reality the flower shop wasn’t open for business yet. But the front of the store where the flowers are located is not enclosed. I’m guessing that is so the flowers can get fresh air and sunshine. So I sort of tiptoed through, took a few photos and tiptoed back out again.
On the run back home I noticed a bird in the air. he was at a stand still. Have you ever seen that? Wings out, floating in midair, not falling, not rising, not going forward, not going backwards, just there, in the middle of the sky?
At a Stand Still
Birdy-Birdy in the sky
Are you happy with your fly?
Not going up
Not going down
Not going anywhere
The world around
As fun as it might seem
Feeling the wind beneath your wings
Aren’t you missing quit a lot
just hanging there in one spot?
Just a thought.
That is where I am with my running right now. I’m out there running. But I’ve hit my goal, so…., I’m just there, in midair. Enjoying the experience of the wind beneath my wings.
Originally, regaining full mobility of my limbs was everything to me and I really worked hard to get my health back. But now I’ve got it. I’m comfortable again. I ran 8 miles Monday morning and it was a pleasant experience. I look forward to doing it again real soon. (I look forward to doing it exactly the same way I did this run this morning. 8 miles in 1 hour and 30 minutes. What’s that? A 12 minute mile?) If my running goal remains the same, with simple good health as my target, I’m good…, I guess, right there in midair, enjoying the view.
If you are a runner reading this, I bet it bugs you that I said that. it bugs me, that I said that. It rubs the grain the wrong way to except less when you know there’s more. Doesn’t it…..
I have also heard it said that, less is more. Does that somehow apply to this situation? I’m not sure….
I had to get a little mean with myself to make the move from walking to running. Actually, I had to get real mean with myself but I was desperate then. I needed my health back. There was some fighting involved to get it back too. But once I got over that hump and really started running, everything fell into place easily enough and I was good to go. No more need to be hard on myself, I’m healthy again. I can relax…., can’t I? Why am I not sure?
Now…, I’m finding there is not just one hump to get over. Now I’m faced with a new hump/hill/wind of decision what ever you want to call it.
Do I get mean with myself all over again and push myself to run faster, run farther, ignore my purple toes and push to excel to a new level of running?
Or do I remain as I am, jogging along at my own pace just happy to be alive and be healthy?
Birdy isn’t finished yet
I’m happy just being me. I enjoy my life and my family.
But is it fair to end it all right there?
Just hover in the air, enjoying the breeze in my hair?
How can I?
When I am strong and I am able
To leave things undone on the table.
There is something very wrong with that.
I have to tell that bird to flap.
To dive and push and fight the crap
That tries to steal our resolve and our strength to zap
So many things left to do, just look dear bird, at any map
And you will see, life’s not over yet, it’s only just begun!
Find your fight and get a move on!
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